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ANNONA, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities said Saturday that they mistakenly identified the son of the late NWA frontman Eazy-E as one of eight people killed in a two-car collision.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Ryan Case said Eric Wright Jr.’s name was on a rental agreement for one of the cars that collided Friday in East Texas. He says Wright was mistakenly listed as killed but actually was not involved in the wreck.
Wright, who raps under the stage name Lil’ Eazy-E, posted on Twitter that close friends died. Those killed in the rental car were: Debra Thompson of Long Beach, Calif.; and Curtis Sanders, Michael Mathis, Lawrence Bridnac III, of Compton, Calif.
Those killed in the other car were 29-year-old Sonia de la Torre, of Annona, and her three young children.
Case said investigators may never know what caused the collision. One of the vehicles crossed the center line, but it’s not clear why.
The fiery wreck occurred on a curve about a mile outside of Annona, a town about 150 miles northeast of Dallas.
Authorities said there were no witnesses to the crash on a remote stretch of U.S. 82, and everyone in both vehicles were killed. There were no skid marks, and investigators do not know how fast the vehicles were traveling.
The eastbound car with the four California residents crossed a center line and struck de la Torre’s westbound car. Her 8-year-old daughter Erica, 6-year-old son Saul Jr. and 10-month-old son Eric were riding with her.